Brighton lighting up its gratitude for local health care workers

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Brighton is putting its appreciation for health care and frontline workers in lights.

At its recent council meeting, council asked staff to design and create a banner expressing its support for local health care employees and frontline workers as they fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As well, at the suggestion of Coun. Ron Anderson, the municipality is lighting up a message of gratitude on the electronic billboard outside of King Edward Park Arena and Community Centre.

“Perhaps we could put something up there on that sign right away,” Anderson said during the Zoom meeting.

“(It’s) just one way of getting the message out to all frontline workers right now,” he told the Independent.

“Many frontline workers live right here in Brighton and will see our message on the way to work or grocery shopping. In a week or two, everyone who can will see it and get involved in showing support I hope everywhere.”

Council asked staff to craft a message for display on the billboard.

The municipality received a letter from Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation’s (TMHF) executive director, which asked for support to help boost morale.

“I just had a conversation with the new CEO of (Quinte Health Care) and she commented about how poorly our staff are feeling right now,” said TMHF’s Wendy Warner in the letter.

“They are tired, stressed and feeling down. This can be for a variety of reasons.” Warner noted the overall shortage of health care professionals, staff working more overtime hours and the risk of contracting COVID-19 as a few of the stressors.

Coun. Emily Rowley suggested Brighton also put messages of support on the municipal website and on its social media pages. She said she would also like to see lawn signs.

“Let’s just paint the town with appreciation,” Rowley said.

Mayor Brian Ostrander suggested Brighton start with the banner for health care and frontline workers and discuss the subject of further appreciation for essential workers at a future meeting.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News